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Review: Road Warrior - Mach II
Road Warrior
Mach II

Label: Gates of Hell Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 36:40
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: May 7, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Here is the second slab of stripped-down heavy metal from Australia's Road Warrior, aptly titled Mach II. As with the debut, these guys aren't fooling around with any fancy bullshit studio effects other than some pedals on the guitars and some echo on the vocals. You get more of the emotional, Phil Swanson-esque singing and screaming guitars on top cuts like "Thunder N Fighting" and "Nocturnal Arrest" that characterize the entire album. Mach II is raw, in your face music in the vein of early 80s US metal that begs for a fist in the air. As with the debut, if you dig Omen, Jag Panzer and even the early Manilla Road albums, you should be hopping on the Road Warrior bandwagon before you get left in the dust to be run over by The Marauders.

Note: Road Warrior released a split single with the band Gravebreaker in February 2020, two months prior to the release of Mach II. It contains the track "Death in Heels on Wheels" which did not make it on to Mach II. It is in the same style as the album but isn't the best song Road Warrior have written. The riffs are choppy, and the vocal lines don't fit well. It is decent but more for the completists.

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